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How to Root Roses, Lilacs and Other Semi Hardwood Cuttings

Last week I did a post on rooting softwood cuttings. This week it is on to Semi hardwood. Roses, lilacs and such are considered semi hardwood. It is fun to make more roses, or lilacs with this method to share or to just have more for yourself. Make sure to only propagate non-patented old types or you are infringing on the patent holders rights.
A fish tank makes a great cover to do many cuttings
A very loose mix for the soil and a box with no or well draining bottom.
Your cuttings, a good 6 inches is a nice size, try to have 2 leaf nodes below the soil in the box.
Cloning gel, there are also powders out there, also known as rooting mediums. I have read that they contain anti fungals to prevent rot but I am not sure.
Place fish tank over cutting that have been firmed into place, make sure no leaves or stems touch the glass, make sure there is a space on bottom for air circulation.
Voila! A new rose to enjoy. Patience is the name of the game, rooting can take a few weeks or several months depending on conditions. This rose is fast to bloom so blooms by the first year, others may differ.

To see more: http://www.flowerpatchfarmhouse.com/rooting-lilacs-or-semi-softwood-cuttings/

  • Pattay1964
    Pattay1964 Four Oaks, NC
    on Apr 20, 2013

    Hi, I'm from NC we have wisteria here instead of lilacs, can you tell me how yo do this witha piece of wisteria? I really love it and have the perfect place for it to grow. Thank you in advance. Patty

  • Evelyn McMullen
    Evelyn McMullen Montgomery, AL
    on Apr 20, 2013

    same question: wisteria cutting?

  • Flower Patch Farmhouse
    Flower Patch Farmhouse
    on Apr 20, 2013

    The best way to propagate wisteria is layering. You can do cuttings too but layering works better for me. I will do a post soon on that. It is, in fact, the perfect time of year to start layering so I will do the post very soon.

  • Pattay1964
    Pattay1964 Four Oaks, NC
    on Apr 21, 2013

    Layering???? I'm sorry but I have no clue what that means.

  • Sherrie
    Sherrie Nixa, MO
    on Apr 21, 2013

    My step mother would cut a rose and put it in dirt and cover it with a mason jar. She started tons of roses this way. She was raised in the country and raised 4 siblings and never had any formal education. She could barely read or write but people came from all over the country to learn how she started plants. She passed away several years ago and I wanted to be able to grow some starts from her roses. Thank you for posting this. I am going to try it.

    • Cowsert1211
      Cowsert1211 Merrillville, IN
      on May 31, 2015

      @Cowsert1211 Sherrie - What a beautiful story. I just joined this website and therefore only now saw this note about your precious step mom. A wonderful memory. Hope the rose propagation worked out for you!

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